Jackson County and Medford Salvation Army assistance programs.
Short term assistance is offered in Jackson County Oregon. The Salvation Army is an organization that provides a limited amount of help and their support should not be considered as a “hand out”. While some financial aid in a crisis may be paid out for expenses such as food, rent, or utilities, in general the Salvation Army works to get people back on their feet and into a stable environment.
Case management is offered and can include services such as employment counseling and financial literacy classes. The fact is that when times are challenging the agency is there for children from low income families, seniors, and others who are struggling in Jackson County. The crisis support is as follows.
- Emergency food bags may be passed out. This is in addition to any free meals or lunches from soup kitchens.
- Utility bill and heating assistance is offered when faced with a disconnection. This is also more generally offered during the winter to Jackson families who would be at risk without heat.
- Senior programs and assistance for people 65 and older is offered. This can include congregate meal sites and home delivered services.
- Other basic needs such as clothing, furniture, and personal goods may be passed out in Medford.
Help is offered during the holidays, including Christmas and Thanksgiving. The Salvation Army provides a hand up for lower income and working poor families during Christmas and Thanksgiving. This can include a meal, such as a free turkey and all the additional fixings that are normally part of a meal. Fresh produce, hams, chickens and more may be distributed too. Not only is food offered but children 12 years of age and under receive free toys, coats, or gifts. The Salvation Army also works with local businesses such as Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart, Ray’s Food Place and Hedrick Middle School and they rely on food drives in the Medford Oregon region too.
Another major program is Angel Tree. It allows people in the community to give back by providing gifts to children, infants, and even senior citizens.
Many people also contribute to the annual Red Kettle Campaign. This is a tool that provides the Salvation Army with funds to pay for their Thanksgiving and Christmas programs. Money raised as part of Red Kettle can also pay for other financial assistance resources such as rent or energy bills.
The Hope House, which is located in Medford Oregon, helps Jackson County’s homeless and people who were evicted get back on their feet. It is open to many individuals, including single men, children, single women and families. This is a transitional housing program that will move people from the streets to long term stability and employment. The Hope House program provides clients with a safe and clean environment supported by case management and other services. Resources offered can help people get a job, pay down debts, start saving money and learn valuable life skills to help them become self-sufficient over the long term. The shelter is at 1065 Crews Rd., Redford Dial 541-773-7005 for more information.
A thrift store is available too. The general public can shop there for gently used goods. Any funds raised from selling items go to support the various programs. Money will buy food, pay for case management and rental programs and more. The Salvation Army has worked diligently to provide a positive shopping experience for people. There is also a pick-up service offered to many Jackson County communities, including Rogue River, Sam’s Valley as well as Gold Hill. Some of the goods sold include gently used furniture, clothing and shoes, appliances, winter coats, electronics and other household items.
The main Salvation Army center in the region is at 922 N. Central Ave, Medford, 541-772-8149.